We support youth-led mobilization towards inclusion and racial justice through creativity, the arts and innovation initiatives.
The Foundation Michaëlle Jean Foundation, through its actions, employs the power of the arts as tools for social change ‒ to speak out, address sensitive issues and realities, break isolation, and even save lives.
We work in collaboration with civil-society groups, youth-led organizations, government, and corporate leaders to convene and amplify youth-focused arts, justice, and entrepreneurship initiatives with a specific focus on marginalized and excluded young people.
We believe in active citizenship sharing in the responsibility of shaping and defining our society as individuals, companies, and organizations.
Innovation and creativity in unlocking human potential is the prerequisite for innovation.
Dialogue, collaboration, and inclusion where each individual can engage and call for a collective response to the issues and challenges we face.
Social and collective responsibility as we are ethically accountable for making decisions that will benefit all.
DID YOU KNOW?
The unemployment rate for Black youth is 2x that of non-racialized youth.
This compares to the overall unemployment rate of 9.8% of non racialized youth. The Foundation works to address this issue and amplify solutions by youth, for youth. DID YOU KNOW?
Black people aged 15+ reported experiencing discrimination in the past 5 years at a rate of 58%.
50% cited race or color as the reason, while 27% cited ethnicity or culture.
DID YOU KNOW?
One in four people in Canada is part of a racialized group
In 2021, South Asian (7.1%), Chinese (4.7%) and Black (4.3%) people together represented 16.1% of Canada's total population.
People from my community can now see that if you seek to excel in life, success will find you. That is the power of art.
Bursary, Remix Project, Toronto
I have gained a lot of insight as to what constitutes a business. My business now has a model and a structure that gives clarity as to what direction I should take.
Bursary, Young Arts Entrepreneur, Edmonton
There are so many Indian Residential School survivors who are still ashamed. With this project, they now feel honoured.
Power of Arts, Ottawa
Opportunities for youth leadership and social impact through art
A collective, unified roadmap for real change
For Black Canadians, our moment is now. The Halifax Declaration is our collective, unified manifesto for recognition, justice and development. It’s a roadmap for real change – in every sector, and every community.
The 4th Wall is our flagship program, providing young people who face exclusion a chance to engage in an artistic process, create with purpose and showcase their work in a museum or gallery setting. Young creators work with community-engaged artists to create a work of art that addresses or brings awareness to a social issue that affects them personally.
Creative Youth Entrepreneurship Program
Creative Youth Entrepreneurship Program is an initiative that provides young creatives with a necessary foundation and introduction to entrepreneurship. This six-week pilot program will serve individuals between the ages of 17-30, who identify as artists, innovators or creatives, and possess a desire to acquire a solid introduction to entrepreneurship and venture creation.
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